The importance of good sunglasses

Now that the sun's out, what makes the difference between a bog standard pair of sunglasses and a pair that'll stand the test of time? Created in 1986, Oliver Peoples are a brand who've built a reputation for well made sunglasses. We asked co-founder Larry Leight to find out what makes a good pair.

1 There are two major things that differentiate a good pair of glasses from a bad pair: (a) the lens, there are optically ground and polished, distortion free lenses - or cheap, non-optical quality; (b) the materials used, the quality of the craftsmanship and the comfort and fit of the design.

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2 A high-quality pair can be made using titanium, various types of metal and/or acetate. Titanium is beneficial because of its ultra-lightweight and hypo-allergenic properties. A large portion of Oliver Peoples sunglasses are made using acetate, a particular type of plastic, and are hand-crafted with custom laminates and colors.

3 Mineral glass is an exceptional material and is available in a wide variety of color hues, anti-reflective and oleophobic coatings, photochromic and polarized technologies.

4 Polarized lenses provide the maximum protection from glare. Photochromic lenses are versatile and self adjusting to the light conditions. There are a variety of lens colors that are specifically used for different light conditions or activities as well. www.oliverpeoples.com